Southend Hospital back on critical alert
28 January 2016
Southend University Hospital has again been forced to declare a critical internal incident to its external health and local authority partners as demand continues to grow.
This is due to continuing high numbers of acutely ill patients
requiring beds with the hospital already operating at full
Sue Hardy, chief executive, said "Like other trusts across Essex
and the wider region, we are seeing a surge in acutely unwell
patients coming into hospital and needing to be admitted. We are
working closely with our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in
Southend and Rochford & Castle Point to identify appropriate
support for those who need care outside of the hospital
"Our staff at the hospital are working extremely hard to cope
with the current pressures while maintaining high standards of
care, and I want to again thank staff from every ward and
department, profession and grade for their continuing
"We have had no choice but to escalate our status again to
ensure the safety of our patients and continue to work with our
partners in the community to increase capacity."
With continuing pressures on the hospital's emergency and acute
services, the executive team and lead clinicians have taken the
decision to raise the alert status back to critical.
This is part of a wider range of measures being undertaken at
the trust to safely manage the issues and make beds available to
admit very unwell patients from the emergency department.
To assist the hospital in dealing with the situation, the trust
would like to remind members of the public to only visit the
accident and emergency department if they are seriously unwell or
Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss and fractures are
all considered emergencies, and those with symptoms like this
should not hesitate to visit their local A&E department.
Alternatives include ringing NHS 111 for health advice 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, or speaking with your GP or
Information about the choices available for patients requiring
advice or treatment is also available on the NHS